Monday, March 1, 2010

In Which I Accept an Award and Spring a True-or-False Quiz

It's always nice to win awards, dubious though some of them may be. This pinocchio guy was bestowed on me by Katie L. Carroll, whose writing blog, Observation Deck, may be found here. Thank you, Katie! :) Following is the list of things to do are the perks of this honor. I must:

*Thank the person who gave me the award and link to her.
*Add the award to my blog.
*Tell six outrageous lies about myself and One Truth.
*Nominate six creative liars...er, writers, and link to them.
*Let my nominees know they have been nominated.

Numbers 1 and 2, check. Now for point 3. What can I say; lying makes me squirm, and I always cringe when writers, seeming serious, say that fiction equal lies. I prefer a different adage that says "nonfiction is fact; fiction is truth." Even my Keirsey temperament type (which is INFJ, the counselor idealist, if you're into that stuff) reveals the esteem in which I hold Truth. Now combine this with the fact that I don't follow directions as well as I did Once Upon a Child, and it will be no surprise that I changed the rules some. Here are, then, five truths about me, and one lie. Can you spot the lie? All those who successfully rat me out will win TWO entries in my March book giveaway, which is a BIG NAME mid-grade title that will be announced on Thursday, March 4. These are, of course, in addition to any normal entries by said winners. Those who comment here, guess wrong, and like surprises, earn one entry. (If you'd rather not be entered, just say so. If you want to wait till the 4th and see what the book is, that's cool.) The deadline for your guesses will be the same as the deadline for the book drawing: midnight, Saturday March 6. On Sunday the 7th, I'll 'fess up and reveal who won two (or two MORE) entries, and the winner of the book is announced March 8. Okay -- TMI? Let's cut the chatter and dish the dirt. Truth, or lie?

  1. My first book was rejected47 times before it sold. And when it sold, it was to the publisher that had seen it first.
  2. I once aced a college chemistry test in the following manner: I answered the 7 questions I knew, and wild-guessed the 13 I didn't. Results -- ALL 7 answers I "knew" were WRONG. ALL 13 I guessed were right. Highest grade in the class.
  3. I'm a synesthete. In synesthesia, stimulation of one of the five senses evokes response in other senses as well. Some see sounds, smell colors, hear smells, or feel sights. The most common form is seeing letters or numbers in color. I see some letters and numbers in color, but my main form of synesthesia is a little weirder: I taste words.
  4. It took me four tries to pass my driver's test. Right after finally doing so, I backed out of the driveway and ran over the garbage can.
  5. I had rheumatic fever, measles AND chicken pox in first grade. Not to mention colds (with what was then called "croup") and flu. My teacher wrote in my Christmas card, "I hope you have a healthy vacation so we'll see you again in January.” I lost so many weeks of school that I had to repeat.
  6. I sing in a band. In 2009 we put out our first CD, and on one track I can be heard doing something I hadn't done in years -- hitting high G. Twice.
Number 3 requirement, check. Here are six nominees and links, with apologies if you've already been nominated:

Nora MacFarlane at Lemons for Lemonade.
Terry Lynn Johnson at TerryLynnJohnson.
Larissa at Larissa's World.
Amber Lough at Amber Lough.
PJ Hoover at Roots in Myth.
Mary Whitsell at Resident Alien.

Number 4 requirement, check. Number 5 I have to fulfill at the above lovely blogs. So -- which of the above six stories is the lie? I'm lying, er, dying, to hear your guesses.

15 comments:

Bish Denham said...

Oh, these are good Marcia! I'm going to take WILD guess and say
#4, although #1 is possible, but then you could have been a sickly child too....

Marcia said...

Hi, Bish! I guess I've had my share of "fact is stranger than fiction" moments.:)If these were five lies and one truth, instead of five truths and one lie, I think I'd have struggled a lot more with making the list. Like others have said, it's going to be hard to keep quiet during the "guessing period."

Amber Lough said...

I came by this morning without even knowing I'd won! Wow! Thank you!

Are you really a synthesieate? (Ok totally misspelled that, but whatever.) One of my favorite books is A Mango Shaped Space, featuring someone who can see colors where most people cannot.

I'm guessing you weren't really THAT sick in 1st grade?

Marcia said...

Hi Amber, you beat me to it. I've got to hurry over to the winners' blogs and post right quick.

Oh, how I'd love to answer your queries. All will be revealed next Sunday. I really liked A Mango Shaped Space, too.

TerryLynnJohnson said...

Wow! Thanks for the award! I'm not sure I can guess Marcia. But I'm thinking #1? One of those strange but true stories.

Rena said...

I'm going to guess #2. I could only wish I had that kind of luck!

Marcia said...

Terry and Rena -- Thanks for stopping by and "playing." It's really tough to keep quiet. :)

Mary Witzl said...

Somehow I cannot picture you as a nervous or incompetent driver (even as a beginner) but tasting words? That I really have trouble believing, so I have to go for that one.

I'm going to have so much fun doing this! My first thought was 'Only SIX?'

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks, Marcia! Now the pressure if on!

J.A. Palermo said...

Funny -- everyone believes number one is true!

I second the chemistry test as false. Hmmm....

beth said...

I'm going to guess that number 4 is the lie... a totally random, wild guess, but...

Marcia said...

Mary -- yes, thinking up "What can I write for this" IS fun. Enjoy!

PJ -- How is blogging a writing exercise? Let me count the ways...:)

JA -- LOL. Yeah, nobody questions #1.

Beth -- I love how most of these, on anyone's blog, are wild guesses, even if you have a sense of the person from their posts. I try to analyze most of my guesses, though. :)

Anne Spollen said...

The driver's test - somehow I can't see you as not being a careful, competent driver. But then again, you don't give your age when that event happened...

Jean Reidy said...

Definitely #4 is the lie.

Marcia said...

Oh, this is TOO much fun.